Gaylussacia baccata

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Black huckleberry
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Gaylussacia
Species: G. baccata
Binomial name
Gaylussacia baccata
(Wangenh.) K. Koch

Gaylussacia baccata, the black huckleberry, is a common huckleberry found throughout a wide area of eastern North America.


The plant is native to Eastern Canada and the Great Lakes region, the Midwestern and Northeastern United States, and the Appalachian Mountains and Southeastern United States.


Gaylussacia baccata closely resembles the native blueberry plants (Vaccinium species) with which it grows in the same habitats. However, it can be readily identified by the numerous resin dots on the undersides of the leaves which glitter when held up to the light.

The plant is a vigorous clonal colonizer.

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